Blue Origin’s launch vehicle New Shepard

Blue Origin’s launch vehicle New Shepard as a “remarkable opportunity”

Mr. Bezos’ brother Mark described the planned flight on Blue Origin’s launch vehicle, New Shepard, as a “remarkable opportunity“.

According to Blue Origin’s website, the company plans to launch its passengers more than 100km (62 miles) above the Earth’s surface, allowing them to experience microgravity. The six-berth capsule will return to Earth using parachutes. The trip is expected to last about 10 minutes.

The New Shepard booster can land vertically on the ground after returning from space. It is named after Alan Shepard, the second person and first US citizen to fly into space.

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Blue Origin's launch vehicle New Shepard
Reusable rockets designed to take passengers in the spcae

Flight Profile of the New Shepard

The first crewed flight comes just weeks after Mr Bezos plans to step down

 as CEO of Amazon.

Instead, he will serve as executive chairman of the e-commerce giant he founded 30 years ago in his garage, allowing him “time and energy” to focus on other ventures.

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Flight Profile of the New Shepard
Flight Profile of the New Shepard

Meanwhile, a rival space pioneer could steal a march on Mr. Jeff Bezos. It is thought Richard Branson might join a test flight of his Virgin VSS Unity spaceplane on 4 July.

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